Part of Kipling Avenue set to close this weekend for bridge removal
Chris Fox, CTV News Toronto
Published Friday, March 8, 2019 12:52PM EST
Last Updated Friday, March 8, 2019 7:38PM EST
A section of Kipling Avenue will be closed all weekend as the city removes two bridges as part of its efforts to transform the Six Points Interchange from “a highway-like junction to a community-centric area.”
Kipling Avenue will be fully closed between Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West from 7 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Tuesday to accommodate the work.
The city says that crews will be working around the clock during the closure. They say that residents in the area should expect to hear overnight noise from “concrete saw-cutting, concrete grinding and removal, and beeping from reversing trucks” as the work takes place.
Once removed the bridges, which were built in 1961, will be replaced by an at-grade intersection where Dundas Street, Bloor Street and Kipling Avenue meet.
The city expects to unlock land with the removal of the bridges that can be used for parkettes, public art installations and other amenities.
They will also be widening Kipling Avenue to accommodate additional turn lanes and adding dedicated cycling lanes.
“For anyone that has travelled through Spaghetti Junction (as it is known by some) they can appreciate that it is a highway like interchange with on ramps, off ramps and underpasses. That whole interchange was designed for the automobile so it is undergoing a major redevelopment into a mixed use, residential area, pedestrian friendly area,” the city’s chief engineer Michael D'Andrea told CP24 on Friday afternoon. “We are bringing that elevated section right to grade with a new integrated road network and in that road network we will have trees, planters, wide boulevards and it will be pedestrian friendly with dedicated cycle lanes.”
D'Andrea said that the revamping of the Six Points Interchange has been in the works for about 10 years and represents “one of the biggest construction projects that we have in the city.”
He said that construction first began and is expected to be completed by early 2020.
“It is going to be quite exciting and will really just support the development that is planned for that area,” he said.
The city says that a number of TTC and Mississauga Transit routes that run along Kipling Avenue will be on diversion as a result of this weekend’s closure.
Motorists who are trying to travel north on Kipling Avenue this weekend are being told to turn west on Dundas Street south of Bloor, north on Aukland Road and east on Bloor Street to rejoin Kipling Avenue. Motorists intending to travel southbound, meanwhile, are being told to travel west on Bloor Street, south on Aukland Road and east on Dundas Street to rejoin Kipling Avenue.